Bank Street Writer was a word processor for Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore, MSX, Macintosh, and IBM PC computers. It was designed in 1981 by a team of educators at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, software developer Franklin E. Smith, and programmers at Intentional Educations in Watertown, MA. Because of its wide adoption in elementary schools in the following years, a period coincident with the growth of personal computer use, it was generally thought at the time to... Topics: Apple II, Word Processing
AtariWriter was Atari's second attempt at a word processor for it's 8-bit computer line. Their first attempt was the little seen disk based Atari Word Processor, a slow, clunky word processor that was designed specifically to work with the Atari 800 (it will not work with any other Atari systems). However since many people could not afford to purchase the expensive Atari 800 and disk drive, Atari decided that a cheaper cartridge based word processor was needed. Thus AtariWriter was born. The... Topics: Word Processor, Atari
Better Working Word Processor Design: Roger Des Roches, Programmed by Marc Lafontaine. Published in 1985 by Logidisque and Spinnaker Software. Better Working is a medium to high powered word processor, with window-like features, as well as having a comprehensive spelling checker on the backside of the disk. Once accustomed to this word processor, it may well be one of the better processors for the Apple II, with effective functions for: SEARCH, REPLACE, MOVE or COPY blocks of text, COUNT the...
Mini Office II, published by Database Software in 1986, was an office suite available for several home computers, among which were the Amstrad CPC, the Atari 8-bit family, the BBC Micro, the Commodore 64, and others. The software package could be purchased on cassette tape or floppy disk. Mini Office II was originally written for the BBC Micro Computer (in 6502 assembler) and was also available in EPROM format. The office applications included in Mini Office II were listed as: Word processor,... Topics: Atari 800, Productivity
Business Utilities v1.0 by Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation (MECC). Published 1985. Includes Savings Interest, Installment Loans, and Payroll. From MECC's 1986 catalog: - Senior Business High - Adult Utilities A versatile business education tool. This collection of practical programs helps students perform a variety of common business functions. Calculate interest on savings accounts or certificates of deposit. Determine the payment amount or the principal amount of a loan by... Topics: Apple II, Finance
Easy Working Writer v1.03 for ProDOS from Spinnaker Software, 1987. (This blurb is from a review of the DOS version, but the article mentions that Apple II and Commodore versions were also included in the box.) Easy Working Writer comes much closer to being a workable program, particularly if your word processing is limited to business letters, basic school reports, and the like. That may suffice for many home and small business users. Written in 1988, Writer appears to be an early version of...
With roots as far back as 1977 and a first appearance on Data General computers with the name SSI*WP, the software that became WordPerfect was a product businesses knew intimately by 1986. WordPerfect had just rocked the word processing world with a lauded 4.0 release for DOS. The same 4.0 rocketed WordPerfect to the top of the charts virtually sealing WordStar's fate and keeping a struggling Microsoft Word at bay for at least a few more years. Not content to rest on its successes,...
Homepak by Russ Wetmore, including Hometext, HomeFind and Hometerm. From Batteries Included software. Homepak by Batteries Included, was an integrated application for the Commodore 64, Apple II and Atari 8-bit personal computers. Homepak combined word-processor, database and communications modules into one application. Homepak was developed in 1984 by Russ Wetmore for Star Systems Software, Inc. The Commodore 128 version was ported by Sean M. Puckett and Scott S. Smith. Homepak was implemented... Topics: Apple II, Word Processing, Russ Wetmore, Batteries Included
Word Juggler was a word processor application by Quark, Inc. for the Apple IIe, IIc, and III computers. Until the release of AppleWorks, Word Juggler was the leading word processor on the IIe and IIc, beating out Apple Writer. The software was copy protected with a hardware dongle. It was one of the first software titles to use ProDOS. The software was well received and was considered easy to learn and master. The software also came with a dictionary/spell checker called Lexicheck which was... Topics: Apple II, Word Processing
HomeWord Speller: The Personal Spelling Checker for the Apple II+, IIe, IIc. Version 1.0. by Doug Whittaker and Phil Vrbancic. Designed by Al Lowe. Published by Sierra On-Line, Inc. 1984. Topics: Apple II, Word Processing
Term Paper Writer is a multi-purpose software program that helps you turn out perfect papers quickly and easily. It speeds up every step of paper writing, from note taking and outlining to writing and editing. It even formats footnotes and compiles bibliographies... automatically. With Term Paper Writer your next paper will be a breeze!
Timeliner for the Apple II. Timeline generation and browsing software by Tom Snyder Productions. The product was still being developed (for later platforms) almost 30 years later. 1986. Topics: Apple II, Timeline
Magic Window IIe by William H. Depew, from ARTSCI, Inc. 1984. Later followed up by Magic Window II. From the simplest to the most sophisticated, any word processing system is basically just an electronic device for making marks on paper. One measurement of the ease of using a word prqcessor is its "transparency"-the similarity between what appears on the screen and what is printed as final copy. From this standpoint, Magic Window, written by Gary Shannon with revision and... Topics: Apple II, Word Processing
By 1984, Roger Wagner and his Roger Wagner Publishing (formerly Southwestern Data Systems) were household names to Apple II users. Not only had RWP/SDS produced a series of well-received software titles that mixed both utility and education, but Roger Wagner himself became a celebrity in the community through his 1980 column in Softalk and his eventual assembled book, Assembly Lines, The Book Among the many products that debuted over the years, 1980's The Correspondent offered the same...
Screenwriter IIe Version 2.2 from Sierra On-Line Inc. 1983. SCREENWRITER II by Kidwell/Schmoyer. "No extra hardware for upper-lower case, 70 column display, printer spooling. Edits BASIC, text, and binary files; complete search and replace. Sierra On-Line." [This solved the hardware problem of no lowercase display and only 40 columns of text by creating hi-res graphics characters. Because of the limits of the hi-res screen, it was only possible to get 70 columns of text in this mode.... Topics: Apple II, Word Processing
Apple Presents Applewriter II Training Disk. 1984 by Apple Computer, Inc. This training disk will teach you the basics of Apple Writer II (version 2.), a sophisticated word processing program that lets you create, edit, and print memos, letters, contracts -- any sort of business or personal document. On this disk, we'll tell you something about Apple Writer or ask you to performa a specific step by putting a frame on the screen -- just like the one you're reading now. And behind the frame,...
Bookends Version 1.0 48k by Jonathan D. Ashwell of Sensible Software. 1983. Includes Reference Librarian, Disk Utilities, Printer Options, Apple Configuration. Bookends, a database and time saver in managing any kind of information, tracks down articles, magazines and books quickly, effortlessly and with no hassle. Easy to use, it... Provides quick, efficient storage and retrieval of reference information. Allows storage of author, title, journal, volume, page number, date, publisher, editors,... Topics: Apple II, Productivity
FrEDWriter Version 4.4 August 13, 1987 by CUE SoftSwap. Created in 1985, this word processor was a de facto standard for years in classrooms. Mr. Rogers designed the program around a not-so-popular public domain program called FreeWriter and re-marketed with an extremely easy-to-use interface, Spanish support, and the ability for teachers to leave on-screen prompts to guide student writing. Additionally, FrEdWriter was free: users had to pay a small charge for the software on a disk, but the... Topics: Apple II, Word Processing
EasyWriter was a word processor first written for the Apple II series computer in 1979, the first word processor for that platform. It was written by John Draper's Cap'n Software, which also produced a version of Forth, which EasyWriter was developed in. Draper developed EasyWriter while serving nights in the Alameda County Jail under a work furlough program. Andrew Fluegelman wrote in PC Magazine that although EasyWriter 1.0 appeared to be an easy-to-use word processor for casual users, it... Topics: Apple II, Word Processing
Magic Window II, word processor by Artsci Inc. 1982. +=====================================+ -=- MAGIC WINDOW II CONTROL CODES -=- -=- ENTERED BY THE KNIGHTS -=- +=====================================+ KEY FUNCTIONS: A TABULATE KEY B TO ENTER CTRL KEY ON SCREEN C TO END OF TEXT D DELETE CHARACTER E TO BEGINNING OF TEXT F INSERT CHARACTER G GLUE BELOW TEXT AT CURSOR H LEFT V RIGHT AND COPY ABOVE TEXT W UP BY 12 LINES X DOWN BY 12 LINES Y AUXILARY FUNCTIONS EXIT TO EDITOR - RETURNS TO EDITOR... Topics: Apple II, Word Processing, Artsci
Cosmi TEXTPRO Word Processor. 1985. As this column continues looking at lesser known moments of colossal retrocomputing idiocy, surely this is an abnormal example? OK, cue time warp and try again. You finally type the last paragraph...and accidentally hit the ENTER key without typing in a filename at the "save" prompt. Maybe it's fatigue or just the computer's infamous keybounce doing double duty after you ENTERed the save command in the first place. In any event, the computer crashes... Topics: Apple II, Word Processing
Word Juggler was a word processor application by Quark, Inc. for the Apple IIe, IIc, and III computers. Until the release of AppleWorks, Word Juggler was the leading word processor on the IIe and IIc, beating out Apple Writer. The software was copy protected with a hardware dongle. It was one of the first software titles to use ProDOS. The software was well received and was considered easy to learn and master. The software also came with a dictionary/spell checker called Lexicheck which was...
SpeedCalc For Atari Kevin Martin and Charles Brannon, Program Editor In response to popular request, COMPUTE! presents this professional-quality spreadsheet program for Atari 400, 800, XL, and XE computers with at least 48K RAM. Written completely in high-speed machine language, Atari SpeedCalc has all the important features you'd expect from a commercial spreadsheet program. In addition, its data files can be merged into text files created with the Atari SpeedScript word processor published... Topics: Atari 800, Spreadsheets
From a small, relatively unknown company comes a word processor that is extremely powerful and easy to learn. Write Away is a good choice for a word processor to grow into. What can it do? Quite a lot! Five tutorials ease you into the difficult aspects of word processing. You can manage a mailing list, read and use DIF files, use macros (or "glossary' terms) by defining a key sequence to represent a word or phrase, and much more. For example, say you use the phrase "Apple IIe'... Topics: Apple, Word Processor
One of Spinnaker's "Easy Working" software titles, The Planner is a spreadsheet program featuring pull-down menus, auto calc, recalculate, area blocking, 6 cell data formats, cut and paste, custom column width, insert, delete row, column, read block from file, write block to file, import/export DIF and 8-in-1 files, 9 formula functions, directory, remove, format commands, on-line help, and more. Topics: Apple II, Spreadsheets